General Information on Famotidine
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?You should talk with your healthcare provider before taking famotidine if you have:
- Kidney problems, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Famotidine and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Famotidine and Breastfeeding).
You should also tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you currently take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Famotidine to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Following are some of the conditions that famotidine can be used to treat:
- Duodenal ulcers (ulcers in the first part of the intestine after the stomach) -- The medication can be used to treat a duodenal ulcer and also to prevent ulcers from coming back.
- Gastric ulcers (stomach ulcers) -- Famotidine is approved to treat benign (noncancerous) gastric ulcers.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) -- The medicine can help to relieve heartburn and heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) due to GERD.
- Pathological hypersecretory conditions -- Famotidine helps to treat these conditions (which occur when too much stomach acid is produced), such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
The over-the-counter form is approved for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Acid indigestion
- Sour stomach.
Over-the-counter famotidine can be used to treat these problems once they have started. It can also be used to prevent these problems if taken before eating or drinking foods that cause heartburn.